A total approach to classical ballet class
+++ Unfortunately, Andrew Champlin cannot hold the ballet class originally announced here due to an engagement in New York. We are pleased to have found excellent replacements in Saskia Tindle (30.05., 31.05., 09.06.) and Esther Balfe (01.06.). +++
Former The Forsythe Company dancer Esther Balfe states: “Ballet is part of the ecology of dance, it’s how we use that knowledge in the body that translates.”
In this class, we will work on clarity of alignment and set rhythmical sequences in view of organising the body in a given architecture. Additionally, we ask the question, where and when is tension deployed?
With a healthy scepticism towards re-labelling ‘ballet for Contemporary dancers’, Balfe attempts to strip away the so-called dilution of the form based on the information being correctly imparted. By acquiring skills and tips that are at the individual’s disposal, one can benefit from the application of a basic technique required for the more complex co-ordinations of contemporary dance, culminating in a lively, vibrant and organic approach for every dancer in today’s performance field.
has been a performer since 1987. Her extensive international collaborative experience includes Philip Landsdale, Liz King, Catherine Guerin, Jai Gonzales, Nigel Charnock, Christoph Winkler, Benoît Lachambre, Ivar van Hagedoorn, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Noé Soulier, Alexander Gottfarb, Willi Dorner, and John Gerrard to name but a few. She has been a former dancer with both of William Forsythe’s companies for over a decade. During this time, Esther taught Forsythe workshops whilst on tour internationally. Esther is currently a professor for the Dance Programme at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK).